The Tune Recreation Committee
Presents The Future Is Now: SADC Tour May 2018
"Led by the trumpeter Mandla Mlangeni, this alliance of young South African musicians delves into the country’s syncretic cultural heritage — then ventures beyond. You hear Balkan folk, American funk, West African high life, and South African free jazz. Most of all, you hear five bristling improvisers dancing together, modeling a kind of thoughtful communion." New York Times
Voices Of Our Vision by formidable ensemble was the only independent South African album to be ranked as the top releases by the New York Times. The TRC features Clement Benny on drums, Nicholas Williams on bass, Reza Khota on guitar, Mandla Mlangeni on trumpet. The unit has performed to rousing applause at the 18th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The Cape Town –based TRC takes original tunes and reinvents nods from their influences to embracing vibrant underground music scene of drum and bass to Balkanology. Fusing imported sounds and exporting to their own flavour, either going into a Ghoema -tinged feel or just improvising around the melody. The T.R.C is the playground for the interrogation, assimilation and extended extemporization from the canon of South African jazz heritage.
The TRC’s international debut is in the form of a tour entitled The Future Is Now. This multi faceted presentation in Swaziland and Mozambique will focus on collaboration and musical exchange. In each territory the TRC would present works in various forms and guises with local musicians and artists accompanied by an exhibitions and performances at every stop of the way. The Future Is Now Tour presents an amazing opportunity for the TRC to perform for a new ever-growing audience demographic in the region.
By bringing the best of what the TRC has to offer, The Future Is Now: SADC Tour is a springboard towards building and strengthening intercultural dialogue in the region.
Tune Recreation Committee’s The Future Is Now accompanied by workshops is a propagation of a dialogue that is severely underrepresented in the musical landscape and the broader context of Southern Africa. Specifically relating to several Afrikan music art forms within the realm of jazz and indigenous music, which share common traits in all regions. The focus of the endeavour is one that aims to build a documented heritage resource that challenges notions of colonial bias and seeks to expand a narrative of musicians, composers and artists through their own perspectives.
Ours is an attempt to create a sustainable platform and network that for composers and musicians in a pairing of creative partnerships and collaborations with artists residing within the SADC region.
“The T.R.C. (its name is a sidelong reference to the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission) avoids the most common pitfalls in South African jazz: It’s not beholden to sunny Cape Town traditionalism, and it doesn’t emulate any specific form of American jazz.” NewYorkTimes
TRC’s The Future Is Now : SADC Tour is supported by Concerts SA and the ANT Funding Grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Friday 11 May 19:00
Bahle Gallery 112 Dzeliwe St, Mbabane Swaziland
Saturday 12 May 19:00
The Place 210 Tenbergen St, Manzini
Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 May 10:00 – 14:00
Mondlane University VENUE TBC
Monday 20 – Wednesday 23 May 10:00 – 14:00
UJ Arts & Culture Centre
*Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May 20:00
Soweto Theatre cnr Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto 8PM
*Saturday 26 May 18:00
UJ Arts & Culture UJ Weekend of Jazz.
UJ Arts Centre Theatre 18:00
*Sunday 27 May 17:00 – 20:00
Jazz On The Hill: Four Seasons Hotel
Westcliff 67 Jan Smuts Ave Johannesburg
Workshop 11 May
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: Bahle Gallery
Address. 112 Dzewile Street; Mbabane, Swaziland
Workshop 14th - 16th
Time: 14 - 16 PM
Venue: Escola de Comunicação e Artes, Eduardo Mondlane University.
Address: Av. Julius Nyerere, nr. 3453 Maputo, Moçambique
Workshop 17th and 18th May
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Venue: South West Gauteng TVET College - Dobsonville Campus
Corner Koma Road And Molele Street, 822 A Van Onselen Rd, Dobsonville, Johannesburg, 1863
Wokshop 23 May
Time: 10:00 to 14:00
Venue: UJ Arts and Culture Centre - Studio
Address: Kingsway Ave & University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2092
Blurb: In celebration of Africa Month the Tune Recreation Committee is primed to make a grand offering in a series of workshops and concerts that will be shared in various countries in SADC region. Swaziland will be the first stop for performances at the Bahle Gallery and The Place. From the 14th to the 16th of May The Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. Johannesburg will be treated to performances and workshops from the 17th to the 23rd of May at the Soweto Theatre and The University Of Johannesburg’s Arts and Culture Centre. Over the course of three weeks/ twenty-one days the Tune Recreation Committee will focus on the different venues with a strong emphasis on workshops contributing new works and collaborations to the tour therefore creating new and interesting work to be enjoyed by all those who will experience the energetic vitality to the audience.